Blackwell Deception

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Rating by Niclas posted on Aug 23, 2012 | edit | delete

I really like Wadjet Eye’s games. This is the best part in the Blackwell series. The other games are OK, but not great. Blackwell Deception has by far the most involving script and story in the series so far. Very likeable main characters that you do care for, great story, excellent music, awesome voice acting, cool noir environments,  and lovely retro graphics. The only downside of this game is that the puzzles are pretty easy and there are not that many at all.  However the puzzles and investigations that you do are still pretty satisfying, as they are well integrated into the story and also pretty logical. Favorite puzzles are tracking down a lost cell phone, breaking in to a dorm room to gather several clues about someone, and two puzzles where you need to be creative in using different sources of light. If you like retro graphic adventure games with a great story and logical puzzles, then you should definitely pick this one up. Best enjoyed late at night with some good coffee. You won’t regret it.

Time Played: 5-10 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Rating by thorn969 posted on Jul 5, 2014 | edit | delete

Great addition to the Blackwell Bundle

I feel this was the first game of the series to get the difficulty just right and built a really great twist on the story. I can’t wait to play the conclusion. Also, the first game to feel long enough to be a full game on its own. Something like… twice as long as previous games playing once through. It felt much larger and more open. This game brought back the notebook from the first two games, accessed through a cell-phone, but again seemed to under-utilize it in a way which increased confusion. Also, I’m not sure how you were supposed to figure out that the business cards glowed in the dark. There were a couple of puzzles playing on an idea that wasn’t allowed in previous games and mostly isn’t used in this game. The achievements worked as sort of a hint system in this game instead of being used as bonuses, which I didn’t like… but really… I liked this game a lot and thought it was the most professional in the series.

Time Played: 2-5 hours
Difficulty: Just Right

Rating by Antrax posted on Dec 29, 2012 | edit | delete

Best part in the series (but still short)

First of all, I’m happy to say that finally I was able to play the entire game without any crashes.

The interface was re-done and seems much prettier. The graphics were changed to be more cartoonish, which might not be to everyone’s taste. Most importantly, the game play has been streamlined, so while it took about 1.5 hours to complete, there’s more game than the previous installment. There is very little running around in this game, as the computer has been turned into a “myPhone” and is available in all the locations. Moreover, Rosa agrees to talk to Joey in most places, so there’s no more need to interrupt the flow by going home intermittently.

The plot gripped me much more than the last installments, but a word of warning: the series has somewhat jumped the shark. After three games that followed (more or less) a set of rules, the fourth breaks many of the rules. I found it enjoyable, but it might piss off other fans.
Game play is much improved. Control of Joey is a lot more meaningful this time around, as his tie and his ability to blow can be controlled by the player. There are more and better puzzles requiring Rosa and Joey cooperating. Convincing spooks they’re dead has never been more involved.

My only gripes are the game length and the fact the plot arch didn’t really go anywhere. I’m not sure how many installments the developer is planning on, but it might be a good idea to advance the major plot now and then. This episode just strews a bunch of hints without explaining anything in the end. Nevertheless, the game was enjoyable, interesting and the puzzles were fun if not too challenging. After playing all four, this is the only one I can wholeheartedly recommend.

Time Played: 1-2 hours

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